“Think green; save blue” will likely be the motto of environmentally aware gardeners and lawn lovers across the country this summer as drought conditions are expected to persist in many regions. It is possible to grow a thriving garden and nurture a lovely landscape while minimizing water consumption. Here are some tips for conserving water in your corner of the great outdoors.

The birds are back … and unfortunately so are the squirrels. Serious birders and casual bird lovers alike know that when the squirrels move in there’s not often much left for the birds. It is possible, however, to provide for your feathered friends and keep squirrels out of the feeder.

Believe it or not, you may be able to forget about all those half-full containers of last year’s chemical fertilizers sitting in your garage. A new natural product called Rich Earth composed of ancient composted material (dinosaur droppings perhaps?) and prehistoric plant matter that’s thousands of years old has arrived on the gardening scene.

From patio-perfect perennials to ever-blooming annuals and landscape shrubs, Spring 2007 promises to be an exciting year for all things gardening.

Adding useful space, enjoyment, appeal and value to homes, outdoor living spaces continue to be a popular home improvement project. While the economy slowly recovers, many budget-conscious homeowners are looking for simple, cost-effective ways to transform their homes’ exteriors into inviting outdoor “land-escapes” that can be enjoyed year around.

The catalogues are starting to pile up and the list of landscape improvements grows longer each day. Don’t let this overwhelm or discourage you. Instead spend a bit of time planning now for better results in your garden.

If your patio furniture, barbecue grill or favorite outdoor planter were left outside this winter, they probably took a beating. But, think twice before you relegate your favorite lounge chair or lawn ornament to the land fill. It’s easy to transform them and make them look better than new.